Tried this at Marion Myer today
First, I adore the bottle. Its so much more contemporary than the original and oozes quality, which is lacking in the original. Check out the spray mechanism and you will know what I mean.
It opens rather differently from the original. Here, the fruits are bright, light and uplifting. Thats not to say the original is dull, heavy or depressing. Its just that the green apple in the SE lifts the mood so much that the subdued original feels much more grounded and mature, and very 'London'. Once the top notes settle, which doesnt take long, rosemary and violet gently warm you up to the lovely patchouli, amber and musk. By the way, I detect some port wine note in the SE even though it is not listed.
The longevity of the two versions are comparable. However, the feels of the two are rather different. Ive always felt the original as mature and very purple. This time, I feel the colour of SE has been lightened to pink once the green apple settles, which never disappears completely. I am not saying the SE is girly, although it is much more musky and powdery in the dry down.
Overall, the SE seems to be a lighter version of the original, with a generous dash or two of DKNY Be Delicious Men. Its still very much a fall fragrance, but should appeal more to the younger market than the original.
Will I buy it now? No, since I already have the original. Will I consider it as a future purpose once my original runs out? Absolutely.